@beige The more I think about it, the more I feel that Dark Souls was as close as I’ll get (as of 2011) to living through a mythological epic or fantasy adventure as myself, as ridiculous as that may sound, more than any other game has before. It’s unique in that way. You can’t just space out and muddle your way through that game in a Saturday afternoon. Like you said, it’s tries to kill you every god damned step of the way. If you want to get anywhere, you have to immerse yourself, you have to focus and consider every move you make, you have to fail and you have to learn. It really ends up being more *you* in that suit of armor than just some random fantasy guy, and as a result, the arduous journey into the depths, the insane challenges you constantly face, the lessons learned, the amazing places you go, the players you silently meet, the high highs, the low lows, and everything in between makes for a very strong personal experience that puts Dark Souls far ahead of anything else I played last year.